What do you do for work? Give us a few reasons why you love it.
I am a game designer at VAMO Games. I am responsible for coming up with games and utility apps that soccer players enjoy. We focus on helping kids learn soccer tactics through play and track their soccer development through self-evaluation. We currently have one board game published, and we’re working on our first utility app.
Where do you expect to be in 5 years?
I hope my game design skills morph into development design skills for subsistence markets. As a former English teacher to refugees from around the world, my eyes are open to communities that were previously not on my radar: cultures that live in extreme poverty. These communities need development, but many efforts by outsiders have failed because they didn’t fully consider the uniqueness of the people. There are several organizations doing great work now, and I hope to be part of that world for awhile.
In your opinion, what is wrong with the corporate world and how would you fix it?
I don’t think most corporations respect their employees enough. And I’m not just talking about giving high-fives; so many people are working for wages that are abysmal! If someone works 40 hours a week, they should be able to live a decent life. Unfortunately, corporations would rather increase their share prices than pay their employees a livable wage. $15/hour!
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in your life?
Live with integrity: Nothing is worse than being caught in a lie or becoming someone you’re not. Just do your best: No one, including you, should expect more than your best. Love others: Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Well, maybe.
How do you measure success at work? In life?
I measure success at work and in life the same: by the amount of joy and peace I bring to others. In corporate speak, it might sound more like “the amount of value I add to business transactions,” but it’s basically the same thing in the end. And I prefer not to think in corporate speak.
How do you want the world to be different because you lived in it?
First and foremost, I want my family and friends to be better off. Second, I want others in my community, especially the English Learners I tutor, to be better off. And finally, I hope my design work helps kids around the world become smarter.